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Proposal Limiting Consumer-Product Safety Agency Advances

A House subcommittee approved a proposal to roll back the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s authority on issues including lead testing for toys, baby-crib replacements and consumer complaints.

Child-care facilities would get more time to replace out-of-date cribs, a stronger lead-content limit would be delayed and businesses would get relief in product testing in proposed changes to a 2008 consumer-protection law crafted by Representative Mary Bono Mack, a California Republican and chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. The legislation would also restrict who may post to a CPSC website that tracks complaints about consumer products.